Auction Block: 1964 AC Cobra 289

Jul 5, 2017

Category: Rides

Here’s something you probably didn’t know about Carroll Shelby – that he was an acclaimed racing driver, even winning the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. He was also greatly inspired by the AC Ace two-seater roadster he saw while out there. So, in true Shelby fashion, he decided to build one of his own, while replacing the standard 2-liter engine with an American V8 of course.

Pictured here is one of those cars – an MKII to be exact – from 1964. It’s fitted with a 289 cubic inch V8 Ford engine and was comprehensively restored to FIA specification. Naturally, the ride is probably in better than new condition thanks to this pampering and is certainly road-ready for one lucky petrol-head or vintage collector. It’s was a collaborative effort between the English and Shelby – where he would fit the engines into these cars in his California workshop after the bodywork was completed and shipped from England. Interested buyers can find more details on the Fiskens website, where the car is being sold. [H/T: Silodrome]

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